Saturday, October 24, 2020

Wrapping Things Up

 

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s paddling trips. It was great to be able to get out on the water, try some new places to paddle and to meet lots of great people. Hopefully we can start paddling earlier in 2021 and the weather and seas cooperate for great times on the water.

Putting your kayak away for the winter

The following websites have lots of great tips on storing your kayak for the winter. The first two cover lots of great ideas and the 3rd one is a forum on Paddling Magazine where paddlers share their ideas on storing their kayaks.

Tips for Storing your Kayak in the Winter

How to Store your Kayak/Canoe for the Winter

Cold Weather Kayak Storage

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Spider Lake Paddle - Sept 29

Eleven paddlers enjoyed perfect weather at Spider Lake for the final PGOSA paddle for 2020. 



 

The water was like glass and we had the lake pretty much to ourselves except for a large flock of geese that flew in, the resident ducks and a racoon.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Goose Spit Paddle - Sept 15

 When we arrived at the Royston Boat launch the skies were grey with heavy smoke and light rain was falling, but there was no wind.  The marine weather forecast had predicted moderate winds and sun by 11 am.  However, visibility was poor. We could not see Comox Harbour across the bay. After a brief discussion all 14 participants opted for a revised plan to launch in the Puntledge River behind the Comox Valley Kayaks and Canoe Shop at Cliff Rd and 20th St. in Courtenay.

The tide was low and while getting our boats into the river we noticed hundreds of Chinook Salmon working their way upstream in the shallow water. Cormack was familiar with the route and volunteered to lead. Jim offered to be the sweep.  During our leisurely paddle down the Puntledge River the 14 paddlers in 3 canoes and 8 kayaks observed wildlife and other features of the shoreline of the river and its estuary.



Thursday, August 27, 2020

Horne Lake Paddle Report - August 25

 We started the paddle at Horne Lake under blue skies and calm waters. 16 kayaks and 18 paddlers made their way heading south of the boat launch, 



 

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Cedar to DeCourcy Island Paddle Report - August 11

 The weather cooperated – the sun shone at times, winds were light and 17 PGOSA paddlers experienced the magic of a new location and some gorgeous rock formations as well as some beautiful scenery.  This was a paddle to remember and do again next summer so more can enjoy the experience.

 Two downers were hiking back up the steep boat ramp to get to vehicles so people could load their kayaks and the swarming wasps at the tombolo beach where we stopped for a quick lunch.  I do mean quick as the wasps drove us back to our boats or to stand in the water as they came after us and the food we brought.

 The excursion started at the Cedar Boat launch just south of Nanaimo.

 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Comox Lake Paddle Report - July 28, 2020


17 PGOSA Paddlers and 1 Spaniel met at the Comox Lake Boat Launch near Cumberland.



After the pre-trip meeting on land we headed out in 12 kayaks and 2 canoes under cloudy conditions with calm waters for paddling. 




We started paddling in a counter clockwise direction and first saw some cottages and homes on the shore of the lake. One home did not appear to be in good shape and looked like it was about to slide into the lake. We then encountered the first of many deadheaded logs which were left when the lake was flooded many decades ago.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

SLO-MO Paddlers - PGOSA Nanaimo Paddle – July14, 2020 by Walter


A total of eighteen adventurous paddlers and fifteen kayaks, launched from the Nanaimo Brechin Boat Ramp, 10:00 am sharp, with the goal to circumnavigate Newcastle Island and explore the Nanaimo Inner Harbour.






Weather conditions favourable, the group headed north towards Departure Bay, exploring some of the coves along the way.  Turning the corner to head east we could see the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal ahead.